By Tyler Lowey, Times Reporter
After nearly a decade-long absence, the Standard Minor Hockey Association is proudly supporting hockey again.
“It’s great to see local families back at the rink this year,” said Standard Hockey Vice-President Jason Gauthier. “For the most part, the arena was being used by out of town teams like Strathmore and other minor hockey tournaments, but now the rink is being used by local kids and it’s a great feeling.”
Standard is now home to one novice team that plays out of the Central Alberta Hockey League and one Timbits program with enough kids for two teams.
“The numbers have been great this year,” said Gauthier. “It’s great to see the association back up and running.”
The novice team boasts a roster of 18, while 26 tykes make up the Timbit roster.
Currently, the Coyotes are looking for their first win of the CAHL season, after starting 0-8 in the Tier 5 West division.
Blayze Martens leads the Coyotes with five goals and nine points through eight games, while Liam Barnett and Tyson Gauthier are tied for second on the team with five points.
Along with a new home team, Standard also upgraded their Zamboni for the season and purchased proper rink dividers for the Timbits program, so they can play more games on the same sheet of ice.
There are no tournaments planned for either novice or Timbit programs this year, but Gauthier likes his chances at hosting a tournament for the novice players next November.